Abstract

The effect of religious bodies upon the economy, landscape and culture of developing countries is a topic that needs further study. Intuitively, mission work in such lands would seems to have some impact but the actual conditions and changes are not carefully defined. This thesis seeks to describe one instance, the effect of the LDS Church upon Tonga. Here the Church is a fairly recent entrant into the land and its effects may readily be seen.

The LDS Church was found to play a modest role in the economy and a much greater role in changing landscapes. It is seen as a supporter of the local culture even though Tonga's societal patterns do not always conform to LDS beliefs, especially those about family government.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Geography

Rights

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Date Submitted

1990

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etdm520

Keywords

Mormon Church, Tonga, History, Influence, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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